Out-of-school children in Nepal: the victim of both poverty and media

This is relevant video news source attached with the former report on The Guardian. The video explicitly describes the Blood Bricks: the children broken by Nepal’s kilns. The 4.5-minute video records when the children start to the kilns, how they make the bricks, what they eat, where they live and some simple interviews.

Compared to the texts, visual materials especially video, seem to be more persuasive to both public and authorities to take action.

According to the content of this film, the journalists have tried to include those in poverty as news source and show their respect to those out-of-school children by adding their entertainment activities and playing music while working (positive side of their life). However, as referred in the book blaming the victim: how global journalism fails those in poverty, though image news sometimes may mention vulnerable people (normally not mention), they always describe them as the hopeless and inarticulate. This video still cannot avoid this stereotyped impression. For instance, 16-year-old Bishal who brought his brothers to the kilns said to the journalist: ‘…we are poor so we need to work. We can’t eat if we don’t work. What will happen (to me)? I’m already broken. ’

As a part of the whole news report, this video is the only one, but totally focusing on the pitiful children rather than the interview of aid project staff. Consequently, it may weaken the media’s function of watchdog to supervise or remind the developed authorities of changing aid methods.


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